Grateful Dead Live at State Fairgrounds on 1980-09-06
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- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Recording Info (Source 1): SBD -> Master Cassette -> ? -> Cass -> Fostex D5 (pass-through only) -> ZA2 -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> SHN Supplies d1t01 through d2t03 (Provided By Joe Samaritano) Recording Info (Source 2): (FOB) Nakamichi 700 -> Master Cassette (Sony D5) -> Dat -> CD
Supplies patch at end of d1t06 and also provieds d2t04 through of the show.
(Taped By Jim Wise). Remastering by Charlie Miller
- (Source 1): SBD -> Master Cassette -> ? -> Cass -> Fostex D5 (pass-through only) -> ZA2 -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> SHN; (Source 2): (FOB) Nakamichi 700 -> Master Cassette (Sony D5) -> Dat -> CD
- Lewiston, ME
- State Fairgrounds
Subject: 36 years ago today
Subject: just a beautiful show in a beautiful place
Only neg i recall was being up front about ten yards from stage and a huge ugly fight broke out which marred the proceedings... also vividly recall jerry wearing a black leather jacket, which was cool.
ahh... one for the history books. thanks guys (yet again)
Subject: One of The Best Shows Ever
Subject: Really one of the best shows ever even though it was in 1980
Subject: The Moutaintop
Here we have one of the truely epic second set jams of post-77 and folks are talking up Far From Me, Saint of Circumstance & Althea.
Perhaps if you saw those tunes 20 or 30 times like I did in 1980-81, you'd be thinking of going to the bathroom, not how great they were, lol.
This was the ending of one of the best tours in modern Dead history (post 1974).
The Dead hit the East Coast in Philly on 8/29/80 & kicked butt, just building on one better show after another until the incredibly epic Rochester Aiko > Morning Dew > Sugar Mag show on 9/2/80.
After an off night to collect themselves in Springfeild, it was back to buisness in Providence on the 4th & they finished the tour off in style with this 5 hour show (5:30 to 10:30) in Lewiston.
First set highlights were:
The great Sugaree, which has a climax that reaches Morning Dew levels in the second instrumental. Also of note was FOTD as well as Stranger in an odd mid-set placement. It seem at the time to be heading into Eyes for a moment. That would've been something.
The set ending China > Rider > Promised Land is also of note with the fastest Promised Land ever played.
The second set was an epic affair, with a tremendous lead-in to Playin, a great Uncle John's that features a 'Dark Star '69 space Jam' right before the drums - you'll know what I mean when you hear it.
Post drums is just killer, with the UJB Reprise reaching Morning Dew intensity again at the end & as somebody else mentioned, the ground was indeed shaking at this point from Phil's bass - GREATNESS!
The Sugar Mag to end is one of the finest ever played (but not as good as 9/2/80).
After that, we got the double encore that used to happen after 'big shows' back then sometimes. (See 3/10/81 and 4/23/83 for other examples)
Subject: one of the top 3 sugaree's
Subject: I'll meet you at the Jubilee
Subject: awesome day, great show
Subject: Oh yah, one the very best i ever saw!
Beautiful Late Summer Afternoon
I recall someone near us with a ballon of Micky Mouse, which announced he had Micky Mouse blotter- this back in the day when one dose was 100 mcg, about double the current level ( but still at only 20% of the heroic, original 1960's era, 500 mcg "Acid Test" levels!
Needless to say, that neighbor was the source of my 2nd journey of that sort too.
I recall the sound of the fog horn peeeerfectly leading the opening of Playing in the Band
and oh, lost, in the purest of dead musicals, for the remainder of the night.
The Wheel was I suppose the highlight for me - the words seared into my mind.
I though it was the show that had made me so- blissed out and full of energy; lo, however, on the drive home it dawned on me that the magic micky mouse blotter had without doubt played a significant role in the total experience!
And well it should- that is after all, the simple recipe to thence be repeated in the years to come oh so many times, here and there, near and far, with that great traveling carnival of light and love. All you needed, was 1) A ticket to the show, 2) not every night, true, but more often than not, lets admit it-a dose, more if that was your thing but one, or sometimes - a half ( see however note above re strength then and now). 3) a friend or a few to travel there and back with, though not strictly speaking necessary either- friends, old, new and not yet met were there, in sometimes large numbers- seriously, like, over the years, it really adds up- such a warm shaggy friendly bunch of freaks were were/are, too!
And, viola, al set. Have a mind bending -ly good night, and- well, sunrise too, before you sleep.
Optional as well, but bless 'em when well provided, some warm clothes and food and drink for post show, though all manner of tasty and or wearables were to be found in a large open air informal market in the parking lot- quality stuff too, in wide variety, for reasonable, often negotiable and or barter ready price.
Oh show # 2 of- how many? Did i make i to 100 shows, during the next 13 years?
LOVE this recording, better than any I had back in the day, or even 10 years ago...
Subject: Wish I was there....
Subject: The boys had it going on....
Subject: wish i was there
Subject: Am I missing something......
Subject: Amazing good time
And thanks down below for the thoughts below about the 9-8-80 Lewiston, Maine show. Possibly as significant as the 3-24-85 Springfield performance (which also features a Sugaree for all time)?
Keep on keeping on.
Subject: what a great weekend.
Subject: My all time favorite Dead show!
There was a tall guy outside (he may have been wearing stilts now that I think of it) with an Uncle Sam hat on selling "blue gel trips" which turned out to be quite potent! We picked out a good spot and settled in. We were able to bring in many large bottles of liquor without a problem (we drank it all by the end of the night, definitely helped by the trips, but don't worry we had a designated driver!).
It was kind of like a mini Woodstock as there was a little pond of to the side of the venue and naked people going for a dip. There were also a couple of Hell's Angels near us and though they can be intimidating, they turned out to be the friendliest guys you could meet.
The show itself started out a bit slow with a couple of short songs. The band may have sensed this since the 3rd song was a 15 minute version of Sugaree that got everyone on their feet and we never sat down again for the rest of the show!
Another cool moment was during the space jam, the weather satrted to cloud up a bit but the sun was poking through the clouds and formed "spotlights" on the stage. Also I remember Phil's bass during the jam since it felt like the earth was shaking!
All in all an incredible show and experience! We drove home in the middle of the night and got back to Medford as the sun came up. We had basically been up all weekend but we still weren't tired (again the trips may have helped with this) and we were totally exhilarated!!
"listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock your soul"!!!
Subject: 1st show!!
Subject: The Donkey Beat...
Subject: Lost my brain in Lewiston Maine
Subject: What year is it!?
Subject: great second set
also check out the particularly interesting Drums.
Subject: very good
Subject: High-energy show
Highlights of the first set include a killer Tennesee Jed. (The Sugaree is okay, but there are many better versions from the previous three years.) Jerry wails on Far From Me, a weak song that Jerry turns into somethign interesting. Don't miss the hot China->Rider, which includes a great transition jam in between, and some furious Jerry work in Rider. Going right into Promised Land works well, as it retains the momentum of energy of Rider. In many shows for year previous to this, Promised Land was a first-set opener; here it is converted to a first-set closer, and it's almost a different song.
The quick pace continues to the second set, where Jerry takes Saint of Circumstance to new levels of excitement. In Althea, every note of Jerry's solo sounds in the right place, and he delivers on the vocal as well. The second set revives the pre-1977 use of "sandwiches," in this case, a club sandwich in which UJB and Playing are both reprised in reverse order.
Subject: Unbelievable Show
The whole day was memorable. Great venue and weather. Levon Helm back on tour post-Band, smokin'. Phil and Mickey (and others?) on the side of the stage grooving to Levon, with the crowd going wild. Only time I ever saw the Dead watch a "warm up" band.
Then the boys came on, bouncing from the after effects of Levon, playing like they were challenged to a game of Can You Top This.
Look at the set lists! The equivalent of 3 sets packed into two. A great song selection throughout, with a reprise of both Uncle Johns and Playin' out of The Wheel. Wow.
Lewiston 1980 became an instant legend, and for me one of the top 5 shows I ever saw, easily beating several New Years' shows. Yes, the crowd was pumped--more pumped than at any other show of the 125 or so I managed to get to over the years.
So forget about the quality of the recording, hoarse voices, crowd noise, and other whining. Sit back and enjoy the magic of the Grateful Dead.
Subject: yum, yum yum!
The music gets a 5 rating though... Listen to Jerry dancing on those strings during Sugaree! During Rider, there are some crisp, blazing guitar lines that pull you right out of your seat. That energy is carried over into the up-tempo set closer, Promised Land. 2nd set features a sweet Althea, as well as a solid Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance. Worth the download!!!
Subject: Makes you feel like you were there...
Subject: Good recording, but....
because I offended so many nice people I have removed my remarks concerning Brent Mydlands vocals at this performance.
However because I don't like his vocals I usually don't review this periode of Dead.I save it for people that have more constructive things to say.But I thought this was a good show all the way around except the afformentiond vocals.I even enjoyed Brent's B3 chops quite a bit.Remember it's a review, which means an opinion and we all know about opinions don't we?But like I said you won't find my reviews on any other shows from this era for that reason.
Also, it was a joke not a personal bashing as some have taken it.I thought I was pretty clear that the statments were made with a smile not a grimace.And for gods sake who cares what I think about Brent Mydland's vocals.You guy's act like I wrote about your mother's sexual promiscuity or something.Lighten up a little bit.
Last but not least, sorry to whoever I offended it was not my intention.However, I was only being honest and for that I can not appollogize.
They came out on stage, there was yellow scaffolding holding up the white tent over the stage, the blue sky over them, Jerry noodling around, then WHAM, LOUD ROCK AND ROLL, HEAD FULL OF NICE BLOTTER!! Off we went!!
The 1st set Sugaree will always stand out as one of my favorites, we kept dancing and it felt like it went on forever, like 3 times the jam just got higher and higher and Stronger and Strong, and then Gently slip back into it's smooth leggy groove. They ended the set with a GREAT China>Rider!! I was totally happy at the point, the Blotter was working perfectly nice, and the band seemed to be playing precisley to our day. The crowd was completely peaceful and happy, we didn't see any problems, everyone was smiling, the 2nd set Shakedown street was another moment of endless jamming and we were just swooped up in the middle of this amazing, amazing music. We moved back after the drums and watched from far and away from the tighter groups dancing, and the NFA>Wheel>Playin>UJB reprise set was just unbelievable. We were lying on our blanket listening and looking up at the evening sky and knoe we were just in the most perfect place in the universe at the most perfect time!!
I knew it was an amazing show while I was there, but i didn't realize it fully until 15 years later after Jerry had left and I had seen hundreds and hundreds more shows. Both Musically, set selection and atmosphere, clearly my number 1 Grateful Dead experience.
The Sugaree in the 1st set is worth listening, but once you have this show, you won't even stop listeing to Mexicali Blues!!!
Subject: show some respect Jimi
3 for sound(don't like all the crowd noise personally, sorry)...6 for the show!
Subject: Such a great show..Forgive me if I say that..
Subject: Great Show
Subject: hate to do this
Subject: pitch on the sbd. (see text notes)